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Newton Man Pleads Guilty In Waltham Murder Case

The defendant helped kill Adam Coveney of Waltham.

A Newton man pleaded guilty on Dec. 20 to manslaughter in the murder of a Waltham man in 2010, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office.

Benjamin Peirce, 19, of Newton, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and illegal possesion of a firearm, according to the DA's office. Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman, during a change of plea hearing, sentenced Peirce to 17 - 20 years in state prison for the mansluaghter charge and four to five years for the firearm charge. The prison terms will run concurrently. He was also sentenced to 10 years of probation to be served after he is released from prison. 

 “This defendant, frustrated after a failed robbery attempt, decided to conspire with three others to rob the victim, who was shot and killed by another during the commission of the robbery,” said Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone in a statement.  “The defendant showed a complete disregard for another person’s life in committing this act of senseless violence.  Our thoughts remain with Adam’s family and loved ones.”

Prior to Dec. 20, Peirce had been scheduled to go to trial.

Two other defendants have already been sentenced for their roles in the crimes.  In October, Shaquan Jacobs was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for his part in the murder. 

A fourth defendant, Wallace Duarte, 20, of Waltham, is facing charges for being an accessory after the fact to murder. His next court date has not yet been scheduled. 

Coveney Targeted For Robbery

The case began in September of 2010 when the trio met Coveney to buy drugs from him, according to the DA's office. 

The three men, along with a fourth person, travelled from Boston with a firearm to rob a Newton North High School student whom they knew well. The four men allegedly tried to break in into the student's home, but failed.

Afterwards, Peirce started planning a second robbery by arranging to meet Coveney in Waltham and to buy drugs from him, according to the DA's office. Peirce bought masks, gloves and bleach to use in the robbery. The three defendants then went to Boston to meet Louis to get a gun.

Peirce, Jacobs and Louis then met Coveney in Waltham to buy drugs from him, but during the encounter, Louis and Jacobs attacked Coveney from a hiding spot. Louis shot him. 

Before fleeing, Louis laughed about shooting Coveney while Peirce picked up the drugs as Coveney laid dying. The trio then jumped in a car, driven by Duarte, and fled the scene. 

Peirce was arrested on Oct. 1, while Duarte, Jacobs and Louis were arrested later that day. 

ggirlwaltham December 20, 2012 at 11:29 PM
you need to get the facts straight before reporting false statements
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) December 20, 2012 at 11:32 PM
@ggirlwaltham Thanks for your comments. If you have any issue with what was reported, please contact the DA's office. They provided the information to us.
ggirlwaltham December 20, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I think it is a good idea as a journlist to get your facts straight prior to reporting them in print!!!!!! Tell me what you know about Wallace and his whereabouts at this time!!!!
SCOWE DAVIDC December 20, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Hes charged with being an acccessory because he drove the car. Thats whats in the report. It costs a buck to get a copy of the police report. Maybe you should get one. If thats not what happened then hes right, call the DA's office. Asside from a comment on another article that I wrote Ryan, I think your doing a great job. Keep it up.
ggirlwaltham December 21, 2012 at 12:21 AM
ok let me know when he is on for trial
DD Jones December 21, 2012 at 12:26 AM
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SCOWE DAVIDC December 21, 2012 at 01:01 AM
According to the article it hasnt been scheduled yet. It doesnt matter where he is as long as he shows up the day hes supposed to.
Catch Wity December 21, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Merry Christmas Ben peirce, here's 20 years upstate, don't drop the soap!!!!!
Blue Christmas December 21, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Hey Catch Wity, Merry Christmas to you. Do you think Ben reads this post? No, he can't only people that loved him can. Does it make you feel good to say such things. If either of them hadn't been in the situation they were in nothing would have happened. Parents are the last to know. Why give them more hurt? I hope your Christmas is as good as you deserve!
Catch Wity December 21, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Hey blue Christmas, my only thought would be how Adam's family would get through the holiday's, I have no sympathy for Ben or his family!! The Waltham police & D.A's office did an amazing job putting the case together and getting all of them what they deserved!!!!
Kerri Rufo December 21, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Catch Wity, WIth comments like yours, who would want your sympathy.? Benjamin was my nephew and out of respect to the Coveneys do you think that they really want Adams friends making comments like this? Go ahead and say what you want, free speech right? but just remember who you are representing.
Sam December 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Kerri - Your nephew in all honesty should be locked up for the rest of his life. You should keep your mouth shut about what you think the Coveneys want or don't want. Your family has already caused enough devistation in Waltham, keep your comments to yourself.
Sam December 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Blue Christmas - how is it possible that Ben still has people that love him? Who cares about the Pierce family? Their feelings take a backseat in this one, and thats where they will remain. Feelings about the Pierce family are TOTALLY disreguarded.
Kerri Rufo December 22, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Sam, Your right, silly of me to think about the Coveneys and what they read.
TheHam December 26, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Kerri, Your nephew in all honesty should be locked up for the rest of his life and tortured every second of it. You should keep your mouth shut about what you think the Coveneys want or don't want. Your family has already caused enough devastation to their family and trust me- you will not speak on their behalf. keep your selfish, unwarranted comments to yourself. Also, tell Ben we said good luck with all of the new boyfriends he'll make!
TheHam December 26, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I know the Coveney's and they would be sad to hear that you're asking for sympathy on Ben's behalf. Kerri, You are a selfish, evil person. You'll get yours
Kerri Gabriele December 31, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Kerri, I think you did the right thing. Some people are just ignorant. "Sam" and "TheHam" sound like the same jerk. If someone in my family caused pain to someone else, I would try to apologize for their actions. This is no game and there are no winners here. Keep your chin up.
Rusty January 03, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Wait, how did Ben, the person they said was the "mastermind" behind this only get manslaughter and 17-20, yet Mr. Jacobs got Life when he was neither the mastermind nor the shooter?? How the heck did that happen?

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